Boeing agrees with NTSB and FAA to ground 737 MAX temporarily; President Trump issues executive order
WASHINGTON – The U.S. joined nearly every other nation Wednesday when agencies, the executive branch, and industry agreed to ground Boeing 737 MAX passenger jets pending safety inspections and avionics software updates. The move comes in the aftermath of the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines flight on Sunday. Intelligent Aerospace reports.
The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:
14 March 2019 -- While the cause of the Ethiopia passenger jet crash has not yet been determined, preliminary observations show similarities with another crash last October in Indonesia that killed 189 people. Both crashes involved new aircraft with experienced pilots that crashed shortly after takeoff in Boeing 737 MAX aircraft.
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a statement Wednesday. "The agency made this decision as a result of the data gathering process and new evidence collected at the site and analyzed today," read the statement. "This evidence, together with newly-refined satellite data available to the FAA this morning, led to this decision. The grounding will remain in effect pending further investigation, including examination of information from the aircraft's flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder."
There are 371 737 MAX passenger jets in use around the globe, with 95 of the jets flying for Chinese carriers. There are 74 in use with carriers in the U.S., including United Airlines, American Airlines, and Southwest Airlines.
John Keller, chief editor
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